With famous buddies like Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Ronnie Dunn — and, of course, Reba McEntire as a mother-in-law — I’ve been hoping it was only a matter of time before Kelly Clarkson contemplated really dipping her toes in the country music pool.
Although Clarkson admits her upcoming album is a mix of genres and sounds, the Grammy winner hints there just might be a little bit of country influence on the new project.
During a recent press conference to promote her Miracle on Broadway charity show in Nashville, Clarkson didn’t dodge questions from the media about the project. Instead, she was pretty darn candid about it.
“It’s amazing, and you’re gonna love it. Personally, you’re gonna be like, ‘This is right on up there with John Lennon’s Imagine,’” she joked. “Guaran-damn-tee it!”
But what exactly are we going to hear?
“There’s all different kinds of genres on there,” Clarkson revealed. “I’m obviously affected by the community I live in. So there’s a little bit of everything.”
And that community would be Nashville. (See how my wishful thinking could get the best of me with a statement like that?)
It’s an exciting thought, but she has already collaborated with most of the aforementioned country superstars. Surely you’ve heard her glorious three-part harmony arrangement of “Silent Night” with Yearwood and McEntire.
And then there was the duet version of “Because of You” with McEntire.
Oh … and then her appearance with Yearwood on the new single “Prizefighter.”
Clarkson has friends in high places in Nashville, and not only are they coming to assist her at shows like her Miracle on Broadway spectacular, they could also be inspiring her to explore new musical horizons.
Whether it’s a little bit country or not, Clarkson is proud of her upcoming album.
“It’s an uplifting record,” she said. “I’ve always been a person about empowerment and doing empowering songs. There are empowering songs on the record, and there’s a lot of positive on there. It’s a great record.
“It’s not John Lennon’s Imagine,” she emphasized. “That was sarcasm. But we can aim.”